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  1. How can I collect creative ideas to solve challenges with Be-novative?
  2. What is a challenge?
  3. How can I start a challenge?
  4. Who can I invite for a challenge/to brainstorm with?
  5. How long should I leave my challenge open? Do I need to create a kick off brainstorming session?
  6. Do we have to join a challenge/brainstorm in the same time?/If I join a challenge alone, will I miss the group brainstorming?/I have missed the group brainstorming. Can I join later?
  7. How can I join a challenge?
  8. I have joined a brainstorming room. What should I do now? / What happens during brainstorming in Be-novative?
  9. How long is a brainstorming session?
  10. What should I do with the random words with blue background which appeared on my screen during brainstorming?
  11. What is the next step after collecting ideas? / How should I move forward from brainstorming?
  12. How does evaluation work?
  13. Can I set my own evaluation criteria?
  14. How many ideas should I evaluate? / When should I stop evaluation?
  15. I have finished brainstorming and evaluation. What should I do now?
  16. What can I see on the results page?
  17. How can I find out who is the idea owner?
  18. What is an idea concept?

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1. How can I collect creative ideas to solve challenges with Be-novative?

In Be-novative, everything starts with a challenge. By starting a challenge in Be-novative, you can invite colleagues, friends, and communities to inspire each other and find solutions. Invitees can share and evaluate ideas, give suggestions to the best ones in 30 minutes through a guided, digital workshop. You can always see the real-time results of the challenge, and once you decide to close it, you will have a list of all ideas ranked by evaluations of participants and the trending idea concepts. Check the video.

2. What is a challenge?

In Be-novative, everything starts with a challenge. A challenge can be a question you face in work or in life for which you need creative answers. The topic and thus the goal of a challenge can vary from developing an innovative project at work to finding the best present. By starting a challenge, you can invite colleagues, friends, communities to inspire each other and find solutions. In organizations, Be-novative is used mostly in product, process, business and organizational development. Some challenge examples: How can we build a culture of innovation in our local committee? What steps should we take to accelerate our customer service? How can we make our society more inclusive? What lifehacks do you know that I could use to make my home more eco-friendly? A very common use case is to invite external participants: partners, clients, talented university students to the open innovation or development projects. Check out our tutorial video.

3. How can I start a challenge?

First you need to register on the platform. After the registration, you will see the "Create a challenge" button, click on it and fill out the challenge topic, participants, duration and publish it. For more details watch our tutorial video.

4. Who can I invite for a challenge/to brainstorm with?

When you create a challenge, you can create a company-wide or open challenge, which is visible for every registered user on the platform, or a private one, which will be available just for invited people. Check out our tutorial video.

5. How long should I leave my challenge open? Do I need to create a kick off brainstorming session?

We suggest to let the challenge open at least for one week. This is enough time to encourage people to join your challenge. We suggest to set up a kick off brainstorming session, a specific time when most of the invitees can join. If you have a specific meeting when you want to use the platform, you can set up real-time ideation which you will find in advanced settings. For more details watch our tutorial video.

6. Do we have to join a challenge/brainstorm in the same time?/If I join a challenge alone, will I miss the group brainstorming?/I have missed the group brainstorming. Can I join later?

To get the best results, it is suggested to set one kick off brainstorming session or real-time ideation when several participants join the online challenge together. However, Be-novative provides an opportunity to join a creative workshop not only from different locations but also at different times. Participants can join anytime until the challenge is open, and they will not be left alone in brainstorming rooms. Be-novative Hummingbot will join them and synchronize the best ideas from the challenge. Thus, if you join later and alone, you will still be able to share your ideas, get inspired by others, evaluate and give suggestions. For more details watch our tutorial video.

7. How can I join a challenge?

All you need to do is sign up/sign in to Be-novative, choose the challenge you would like to join and click on "ideation". You will get into a virtual brainstorming room of maximum four, where you can immediately start to share ideas. Share as many ideas as you have. After brainstorming, go to evaluate and share your suggestions about the ideas collected! That's it - the whole process takes maximum 30 minutes. After that, the challenge owner will get back to you about results and concepts to be developed based on the outcome of the challenge. Watch our tutorial video.

8. I have joined a brainstorming room. What should I do now? / What happens during brainstorming in Be-novative?

Just sit back and focus on the question on the top of your screen. By clicking on the virtual brainstorming wall in front of you, you can start typing in your first idea about the question. Every time you click on the wall, a new idea box will appear and you can keep on sharing ideas. Your ideas will remain anonymous. Feel free to go crazy and share surprising solutions, but always keep in mind the essence of the question, the goal of the challenge and that others should be able to understand and evaluate your ideas later! During the 4 phases of brainstorming, you will get different inspirations to boost your creativity. Phases will move on automatically, or, in case you are the only real-time brainstormer, you can move forward from phase to phase yourself.

9. How long is a brainstorming session?

Generally idea sharing takes around 15 minutes. Immediately after brainstorming, participants evaluate ideas and write suggestions in 15 minutes. Thus together, the whole session takes around 30 minutes. Watch our tutorial video.

10. What should I do with the random words with blue background which appeared on my screen during brainstorming?

Play a little association game to spark your creativity and form new ideas! How? Choose one word, think about what associations come into your mind in connection with it, and try to come up with a new idea through associational steps. Do not worry if it does not work for you first - many times, associations work unconsciously. Did you know that the "Random words" is one of Edward de Bono's creativity enhancing techniques?

11. What is the next step after collecting ideas? / How should I move forward from brainstorming?

After you are done with sharing ideas, click on Go to evaluate (you might have to wait for a couple seconds until brainstorming time is up and the Go to evaluate option appears). Then you can evaluate ideas one by one - you can track your progress on the chart but you can also choose to evaluate all. Once finished, you can go to add suggestions and at the end check the results. Watch the tutorial video.

12. How does evaluation work?

In Be-novative, all participants take part in democratic, anonymous evaluation based on configurable criteria. They use an evaluation matrix, which by default has two axes: impact and feasibility. Thus, they have to think about how impactful and how feasible the ideas are. The axes can be personalized by the Challenge Owner. It requires only 10-15 minutes per participant to get a full, ranked list of ideas. The results of this crowdsourced evaluation can be immediately translated into the final result (by e.g. implementing the winning idea) or it can be used by the Challenge Owner as an input and basis for further analysis. Check out our tutorial video.

13. Can I set my own evaluation criteria?

Yes. When you create a challenge, you can modify the default criteria (impact, feasibility) and type in your own in advanced settings. Your criteria will appear on the axes of the evaluation matrix which participants use to evaluate ideas. Check out our tutorial video.

14. How many ideas should I evaluate? / When should I stop evaluation?

During the evaluation, you can see 2 progress charts. One of them shows how many ideas you should evaluate, e.g. 25 left, you should evaluate at least 25. You can decide to stop but you can always choose to evaluate more ideas than recommended or even go through all. The other progress chart shows the general status of evaluation in the challenge. It will reach 100% when all the ideas have been evaluated by at least 3 different participants. Check out our tutorial video.

15. I have finished brainstorming and evaluation. What should I do now?

You can go further to adding suggestions to the best ideas. Give your comments, additional thoughts to the ideas, which help build them up. You can add as many suggestions as you want. After this, you can check the results.

16. What can I see on the results page?

On the results page, you can see all of the ideas, ranked in the list and the ideas with suggestions, which we call idea concepts. You can see some statistics about the challenge and the participant list with the top ideators. Check out the tutorial video.

17. How can I find out who is the idea owner?

Anonymity is key to unleash the creative potential of crowds. But the ideators have a possibility to reveal their identity if they want. How? They can do it on the results page, above the ideas.

18. What is an idea concept?

Idea concepts are detailed ideas people added suggestions to. You can elaborate on an idea concept by editing it and describing its details. You can send in a quick idea concept as well if you can not find a challenge, where you can share your idea.